Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said that Greece received the unanimous support of all its EU partners during the informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Berlin, speaking at the German capital on Friday.
He also expressed his contentment for what he called the “absolutely supportive” context of talks during the Berlin meeting, reflected also at the conclusions presented earlier on Friday by Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy and European Commission Vice-President, Dendias highlighted.
The minister added that Borrell presented options for future sanctions against Turkey, which will also be presented to the European Council on September 24.
“I think the Greek side got what it could get from this meeting,” he said, “an understanding that sanctions will come if Turkey does not deescalate tensions and return to a dialogue,” he explained.
Dendias also expressed the hope that Turkey “will return to reason, will stop the provocations and arbitrary actions, will stop its violations of International Law and will allow Greece to return to a context of discussion on the one-and-only dispute, namely the Exclusive Economic Zone and the overlying maritime zones, with a reference framework of International Law and the Law of the Sea.”
Asked about Greece’s so-called ‘red lines’, he said that these are “the country’s constitution and the protection of its sovereignty and all sovereign rights.”